CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. ó As President Barrack Obama takes the role of our countryís first African-American Commander-in-Chief, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is poised to honor the many African-Americans serving in our nationís military at its annual Black History Month observance.

On Thursday, Feb. 19, BlueCross will dedicate its Black History Month window display, themed African-American Contributions to the Military. CDR (Ret.) Gregory A. Black, a military historian and the third African American diving officer in Naval history will be the guest speaker.

Who: BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee

What: Black History Month Window Dedication Ceremony

Military historian CDR (Ret.) Gregory A. Black as special guest speaker

Musical performance by BlueCross Choir

Where/When:

Ceremony

United Way Community Room

30 Market Street

Thursday, Feb. 19 from 10 to 10:30 a.m.

Windows

BlueCross Miller Bldg

7th and Market Street

Why: To commemorate the sacrifices, valor and contributions of African-Americans whose military service has ensured our nationís freedom.

About BlueCross

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee's mission is to provide its customers and communities with peace of mind through affordable solutions for health and healing, life and living. Founded in 1945, the Chattanooga-based company is focused on reinventing the health plan for its 3 million members in Tennessee and across the country. Through its integrated health management approach, BlueCross provides patient-centric products and services that drive health improvement and positively impact health care quality and value. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Inc. is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. For more information, visit the company's website at www.bcbst.com.